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Definition of "forebode" [fore•bode]

  • To indicate the likelihood of; portend: harsh words that foreboded estrangement. (verb-transitive)
  • To have a premonition of (a future misfortune). (verb-transitive)
  • To prophesy or predict. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "forebode" in a sentence
  • "Who is Pan and what exactly does his name forebode?"
  • "Instead, the building forebode claustrophobia and sadness."
  • "Whether I shall ever be better I cannot tell; I awfully forebode I shall not."